Favorite Miles Davis Album?


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frippogenics
12-25-2007, 04:26 AM
He's released at least three hundred thousand albums, and around 90% of them are top notch. So tough question: Which ones do you like the most?

I used to swear by Kind of Blue, then Bitches Brew, but now I've really warmed up to In A Silent Way.

sinan90
12-25-2007, 06:08 AM
My favourite is Sketches of Spain, although the Complete Blackhawk Sessions are amazing.

jazz_croatia
12-25-2007, 07:16 AM
Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet

Axegrinder#9
12-25-2007, 10:01 AM
as of yet, I haven't conceived of something Miles has done that I wouldn't like!
but to name my favorite would be impossible so I'll name my top 5 Miles albums:

1. Complete Bitches Brew Sessions
2. Kind of Blue
3. Tribute to Jack Johnson
4. In a Silent Way
5. Panthalassa

the last one is actually a dub/electronica infused reproduction of Miles' songs remixed, rejuvenated, revitalized and doped up by the amazing Bill Laswell

C_Miller
12-25-2007, 10:04 AM
Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet

Agreed. My favorite of those would probably be Relaxin'. I'm a huge fan of his "If I Were a Bell."

I also really like Birth of the Cool with Boplicty being my favorite Miles tune.

Nick_
12-25-2007, 11:01 AM
Top 2: (I can't choose, besides, they're too different)

Seven Steps to Heaven
Sketches of Spain

Punk Poser
12-25-2007, 11:42 AM
Jack Johnson sessions are sick. I Love McLaughlin's guitar playing on the album.

jazz_croatia
12-25-2007, 03:31 PM
Agreed. My favorite of those would probably be Relaxin'. I'm a huge fan of his "If I Were a Bell."



Did you know that If I were a bell was first written for a musical and it later then became a jazz standard.

/unuseful information

VR2005
12-25-2007, 04:30 PM
^That's true with so many jazz standards, but I would say If I were a bell is my favorite in terms of that transition from musicals to jazz standards. I really love Live at Newport '58 I think it is.

ledhed68
12-25-2007, 04:42 PM
Kind of Blue is epic, but Bag's Groove is really solid

Sleepn_Giant
12-25-2007, 05:23 PM
In a Silent Way is just beautiful. I love listening to that anytime.

Kind of Blue is classic and cannot be left out. All of the musicians playing on that album are phenomenal.

And Bitches Brew is just insanity. But in a good way :).

Patrick Curley
12-25-2007, 06:01 PM
Kind of Blue for me, it's his masterpiece.

Axegrinder#9
12-25-2007, 07:52 PM
Jack Johnson sessions are sick. I Love McLaughlin's guitar playing on the album.

and let's not forget Sonny Sharrock

gopherthegreat
12-25-2007, 07:52 PM
Kind of Blue is the only album i have by him, but its great. so i'll say Kind of Blue.

shigidab0p
12-25-2007, 08:45 PM
The Complete Birth of the Cool, boplicity is such a cool track. His solo there is amazing.

Neil200387
12-27-2007, 07:49 PM
I've been enjoying 'On the Corner' recently. It's funkier than Bitches Brew, but follows a similar form, with an album-long groove spliced together from the jams recorded. It's pretty much as close to hip hop as a jazz album can be, which makes for an interesting listen.

C_Miller
12-27-2007, 09:59 PM
Did you know that If I were a bell was first written for a musical and it later then became a jazz standard.

/unuseful information

Yep. It was in Guys and Dolls. My school did it this year.


Also, has anyone heard Tribute to Jack Johnson? That is a fantastic album. Very crazy fusion-y stuff and it actually pre-dates Bitches Brew.

frippogenics
12-28-2007, 02:13 AM
I'm liking what I'm seeing. I just got Sketches And Spain and would highly recommend that too.

psychodelia
12-28-2007, 02:45 AM
I didn't like Bitches Brew for a while, but some songs have grown on me... I might check out the Jack Johnson stuff.

lateraluspiral
12-28-2007, 03:30 AM
i only have Kind of Blue and the Complete Birth of Cool. ill have to say Kind of Blue simply for the song So What

jazz_croatia
12-28-2007, 07:56 AM
Nobody listened to the first four? I advise you to do so. It is his most energetic work. And John Coltrane and Ron Carter and Red Garland also contribute wonderfully.

C_Miller
12-28-2007, 07:39 PM
Don't you mean Paul Chambers? Ron Carter played with Davis in the 2nd Great Quintet. Coltrane and Garland were in the 1st. I could be wrong though.

Kartman
12-29-2007, 02:00 PM
I've only got Bitches Brew and Kind of Blue, and I although Freddie Freeloader is really awesome, my vote goes for Bitches Brew. I love the atmosphere of that album.

trampo
12-30-2007, 03:23 PM
It's hard to top Kind of Blue.

TheHeartbreaker
12-31-2007, 12:13 AM
I've never really considered any of Davis's work as my favorite, but I find myself listening to Pangea quite often.

I'm not sure if anyone else has this album, but I highly recommend picking it up if you are into more experimental jazz. Superb album.

therussian
12-31-2007, 12:37 AM
I only have about 5 Davis albums, but my favourites are Kind of Blue and Sketches of Spain.

outlaw metaler
12-31-2007, 02:07 PM
The complete birth of cool

Stratwizard
01-02-2008, 07:51 AM
Kind of Blue and Sketches of Spain ftw!